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Vittorio Cecchi Gori Claims Lawsuit Win Over Gianni Nunnari

By | Monday March 28, 2011 @ 3:37pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Deadline reported last fall on the lawsuit last Sepember that pitted former allies Vittorio Cecchi Gori against Gianni Nunnari, producers of some of Hollywood’s larger movies the past few years. Cecchi Gori has released this press release claiming victory (a spokesman for Nunnari said that “We are obviously disappointed with the judge’s decision and intend to appeal”):

A final Statement of Decision in the lawsuit between Oscar-winning film producer Vittorio Cecchi Gori (Life Is Beautiful, Il Postino and Mediterraneo) and film producer Gianni Nunnari (the former President of Cecchi Gori Pictures) was entered on March 25, 2011 by Judge Amy D. Hogue in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The Judgment awards Cecchi Gori $13,226,125 in damages, plus $2,608,075 in interest. In addition, Cecchi Gori was awarded future income from four films: 300, The Departed, Shutter Island, and Everybody’s Fine, and film rights and future income from four additional film projects: The Cyclone, Ferrari, Taming Ben Taylor and Martin Scorsese’s next picture: Silence. Cecchi Gori will also apply for an additional award of his attorneys’ fees and costs of suit (for nearly three years of litigation including a four-week bench trial before Judge Hogue).

According to the 50-page Statement of Decision, Nunnari and his company, Hollywood Gang Productions, committed fraud against Cecchi Gori, as well as multiple breaches of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.

The Statement of Decision describes the history of the parties, which reads much like a Hollywood script. Cecchi Gori opened a Los

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Long Partnership Between Italian Filmmakers Vittorio Cecchi Gori And Giannani Nunnari Unravels In Court

By | Tuesday September 7, 2010 @ 9:50am PDT
Mike Fleming

For 300 producer Gianni Nunnari, the decision to sue former longtime employer Vittorio Cecchi Gori for getting axed in 2008 has so far proven as ill-advised as sending 300 Spartans to hold off the entire Persian army at Thermopylae.

A rather stunning legal judgment was rendered last week by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Amy D. Hogue. Not only did she not embrace Nunnari’s assertion that he’d been wronged to the tune of $2.5 million when Cecchi Gori showed up unannounced in his L.A. offices and cleaned house., closing the Cecchi Gori Pictures outpost and firing the staff. In a tentative decision, the judge put Nunnari on the hook for nearly $14 million, for breaching his fiduciary duties as the head of VCG’s Hollywood operations, and funneling choice film projects and fees to his own Hollywood Gang Productions shingle. The judge’s award to CGP amounts to the fees earned on several recent films: $8.6 million for 300, $3.26 million for Silence (the film Martin Scorsese has been tied to for over a decade), $1.35 million on Everybody’s Fine, and $700,000 for Immortals, the Tarsem Singh-directed Greek gods saga which gets released in November. Cecchi Gori also gets interest of 7% and the court ordered the construction of a trust that will disperse future revenues.

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